Technology

Whether you're a beginner or technologically advanced, YOURLifeChoices Technology page has everything you need to understand and make the most of your computer, smartphone or mobile device. Our Technology News page is updated twice-weekly by our Technology Expert, Drew Patchell. Whether you are looking to set up a social networking page on Facebook, Myspace or Twitter, or just looking find the best broadband or wireless internet deals, Drew can help.

Our tutorials page features answers to all of your computer questions and provides you with the latest hints and tips to update your skills. If you are looking for a senior-friendly mobile phone, something fun on YouTube or a free anti-virus scanner, we have the information you require. 

Online safety is also an important issue and we keep you up-to-date with the latest downloads, anti-virus software and how to avoid scams. We offer short-cut keystrokes if you want to save time and 'how-to' guides for all the best gadgets. And whether you are a Mac or PC fanatic, we answer your questions.

Do you have a technology question you need answered? Just ask Drew.

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Protect your smartphone

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How to clean your computer

How to clean your computer

Learn how to clean your computer safely in five easy steps.

Don’t miss friends Facebook posts

Don’t miss friends Facebook posts

Drew explains how to prevent Facebook from not showing you friends’ posts.

Keep your smart device charged

Keep your smart device charged

Drew explains how a battery case can keep your device charged.

The future of technology

The future of technology

Drew looks forward to the technology sector for next year and shares his predictions of ...

Top 10 most popular passwords

Top 10 most popular passwords

Is your password one of the most common?

Computers

Great Gadget: Chromecast

Google’s new streaming gadget is on the way.

Streaming streamlined

How to clean your computer

Learn how to clean your computer safely in five easy steps.

Have you ever cleaned your computer?

What is cloud computing?

Tech expert Drew Patchell explains what cloud computing is and how it can help you.

Could cloud computing help you?

Gadgets

Technology to keep you independent

Live at home independently for longer by making technology work for you.

Smart home technology

Google’s $50 smartphone

The world’s first modular smartphone for just $50.

$50 Smartphone

iWatch could predict heart attack

Strong rumours suggest that the Apple iWatch could predict heart attacks.

Would you buy it?

Phones

TPG blocked emergency calls

Telco TPG has been found guilty of failing to provide access to emergency numbers.

Were you affected?

Court rules Optus misled customers

Telstra has taken Optus to court over their latest advertising campaign.

Court rules in favour of Telstra

Roaming without the sky-high rates

What can you do before you go overseas to get the best data deal when travelling?

Get the best data deal

Internet

Megabits and megabytes explained

Drew answers John’s question about the difference between megabits and megabytes.

Does this affect your internet speed?

Top five makeover websites

Learn to dress for your shape, test out different facial hairstyles and more – all online!

Give yourself an armchair makeover

Five best websites for brain games

These five websites offer fun ways to exercise your brain.

Play brain games for free

Social Networking

Don’t miss friends Facebook posts

Drew explains how to prevent Facebook from not showing you friends’ posts.

Receive every update

Getting started with Bitstrips

Create one-panel digital cartoons with your friends on Facebook through Bitstrips.

Get involved with ease

Beginner’s Guide to Twitter

Discover what Twitter is, why you should give it a chance and how to get started.

Get started with Twitter

Software & Downloads

Warning: Microsoft security flaw

Hackers are exploiting a new security hole in Microsoft Word.

Special fix-it solution

Get the new Google Maps

Google Maps’ most recent update brings numerous new features.

Full of new features

iTunes Radio launches in Australia

Australia is the first country outside of the US to receive the music streaming service.

Will you use iTunes Radio?

Online Shopping

Spotting fake user reviews

Drew explains how to spot a fake review.

Can you spot the fakes?

Five best websites for gifts

We share the five best gift websites to help you out this holiday season.

Find the perfect gift

Group-buying for beginners

A frequent group-buying website coupon purchaser, Drew shares his learnings.

Tips and tricks

Safety Online

Heartbleed Bug hits credit cards

Several websites operated by GE Money became vulnerable to hackers last week.

Change your passwords

Facebook video scams

Don’t fall victim to this video scam.

Don’t fall for it

Is your smartphone being tracked?

New spy software could allow your partner to record all your smartphone activity.

Are you being tracked?

Technology News

TPG blocked emergency calls

Telco TPG has been found guilty of failing to provide access to emergency numbers.

Were you affected?

Heartbleed Bug hits credit cards

Several websites operated by GE Money became vulnerable to hackers last week.

Change your passwords

How to clean your screen

Remove those smudges and stains without ruining your screen.

Drew explains how

Technology Q&A

Set your homepage

Drew explains how to reset your homepage in four different browsers

Choose your own homepage

Megabits and megabytes explained

Drew answers John’s question about the difference between megabits and megabytes.

Does this affect your internet speed?

How to increase your wifi signal with tinfoil

Watch this video and learn how to double your wifi range for less than $1 with this simple trick

Increase your wifi range

News

Heartbleed Bug hits credit cards

Several websites operated by GE Money became vulnerable to hackers last week.

Change your passwords

Charge a smartphone in 30 seconds

A new prototype biological battery can fully charge a smartphone in 30 seconds.

Would you buy one?

April 8 death date for Windows XP

The 13-year-old Windows XP platform will shortly no longer be supported by Microsoft.

What are your options?

FunOnTheGo App

What is an App?

App, short for application, is now such a commonplace term that there is an assumption everyone knows what one is. If you’re unsure, Rachel has a simple explanation.

What is an App?

Who uses Apps?

If you’re not sure if you’re the kind of person who may use an App, perhaps you need some suggestions on what kind of Apps are available.

Who uses Apps?

Why bother with an app?

When you can access just about any website from your phone or tablet, why would you bother with an app?

Why bother with an app?

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SplashData has released their “25 worst passwords of 2011” based on the most hacked passwords on the internet. The perennial favourite of “password” heads the list.

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Free Downloads and Games

Drew has been busy updating his list of the best free software downloads, anti-virus programs and online games sites to make your 2013 a fun, safe and free year.

They are all free!

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Senior-friendly mobile phone

The mobile phone market is saturated with choice, but it can still be difficult to find a phone that is suitable for senior Australians.

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